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by simonhill
17 Jun 2019, 4:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferries to get to Belgium.
Replies: 9
Views: 163

Re: Ferries to get to Belgium.

If you are prepared to drive to Harwich - then a cheaper option may be drive to Dover then take ferry with car to Dunkirk. From there it is a short drive to Belgium. Leave car somewhere safe in Belgium (first campsite or hotel?). I haven't checked prices, but it often seems that car with a few pax i...
by simonhill
17 Jun 2019, 10:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 21
Views: 468

Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

I don't think this has been reported before, apologies if it has been. On reaching Caen on a cycle from Bordeaux last Saturday, I considered I was near enough to book my return ferry (9hrs hence). All no problem, did it on my phone, using British website as it is slightly cheaper than the French (Fr...
by simonhill
16 Jun 2019, 2:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About bike shops for big people?
Replies: 31
Views: 794

Re: About bike shops for big people?

I heard an interesting statistic on the radio a few weeks ago. The average weight of a man in the UK in the 1950s was 10 stone. I was surprised by this and googled it to confirm, but after a less than exhaustive search, could only find the figure for Americans in the 50' which was 12 stone. This pre...
by simonhill
15 Jun 2019, 6:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ammaco CS250
Replies: 11
Views: 344

Re: Ammaco CS250

At a purely financial level: How much does your commute cost - maybe £3 per day? Plus maybe the odd trip to the shops or pub. That's about a tenner a week. If it lasts through August you are quids in. I'm not into disposable stuff, but you could probably wear this into the ground and then look aroun...
by simonhill
14 Jun 2019, 10:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: My wireless speedo stopped working
Replies: 15
Views: 481

Re: My wireless speedo stopped working

I've experienced it a few times when cycling past (foreign) military establishments. I wondered if it was some form of 'cloak' to stop prying ears. I've also had my Speedo clock amazing speeds in excess of 100 when near some forms of telecoms or electronic equipment. This often happened in China whe...
by simonhill
13 Jun 2019, 10:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1472

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

I was going to suggest the Elephant bike, but for (an additional) different reason. Have you actually ridden a bike recently? You may well find getting on and starting to be quite difficult. That is where the elephant scores as it has a step through frame. Far better to spend £250 to get started tha...
by simonhill
13 Jun 2019, 8:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying a touring bike - things I didn't know
Replies: 60
Views: 2307

Re: Buying a touring bike - things I didn't know

I don't see why anyone should say posting this is either brave or stupid. It just lays out your post purchase thoughts. How many of us haven't realised something until later on. It would make a good part of a guide to bike buying. It would involve people thinking, which is a rare commodity nowadays....
by simonhill
6 Jun 2019, 8:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maintenance and toolkit when touring
Replies: 40
Views: 1562

Re: Maintenance and toolkit when touring

. Second being a pedal that had developed a very minor wobble since a loaded bike drop during an attempted robbery. I had left the 7 or 8mm socket and t-bar behind. That I can live with as it hasn’t worsened due to the Loctite 243 used on installation. Two small tools that I carelessly left behind....
by simonhill
6 Jun 2019, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pamir Highway and Surrounds - Weather July-Sept
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: Pamir Highway and Surrounds - Weather July-Sept

I usually use AccuWeather website when I want to know weather details.

Best done on a PC for a decent size screen rather than a phone. You can input any town and get loads of historical data - averages, max, min, data for specific days years ago, etc. Temp, wind, sunshine hours, rain, etc.

Enjoy.
by simonhill
6 Jun 2019, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: D-Day Ride
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: D-Day Ride

Not a purely cycling story, but......... In 1989 myself and 2 friends made a trip to France to join in the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. We were in an old VW campervan, with early MTBs on the back. We visited Suisse Normandy and had a jolly time with bikes and hired canoes. We also too...
by simonhill
5 Jun 2019, 9:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maintenance and toolkit when touring
Replies: 40
Views: 1562

Re: Maintenance and toolkit when touring

What always worries me with these posts is that they are likely to frighten off beginners or people who don't want to or can't do maintenance while on tour. Someone who is maybe a bit hesitant about doing a one or two week tour is likely to be even more put off by the thought that they must do a fai...
by simonhill
5 Jun 2019, 6:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: easyjet NOT accepting poly bags May 2019 (Maybe?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1017

Re: easyjet NOT accepting poly bags May 2019 (Maybe?)

I flew Easyjet today, Southend to Bordeaux, with bike in an LBS cardboard box. As expected it arrived fine, but while on the plane, I read the in flight magazine and found some interesting statistics. When we fly with our bikes we think we are doing something a bit different. I was surprised to read...
by simonhill
3 Jun 2019, 6:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CUK 3rd party insurance - making a claim?
Replies: 11
Views: 468

Re: CUK 3rd party insurance - making a claim?

I thought it was admitting liability that was forbidden. Never heard that you couldn't disclose your insurance company.
by simonhill
3 Jun 2019, 6:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 1728

Re: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?

A few years ago Cycle mag did a review including one of the very cheap bikes available at the time - remember Sterling House? The cost was less than the one you quote, more like £100 - full sus, 18 speed, etc.. One of the points of the article was could one of these bikes be cost effective as basic ...
by simonhill
2 Jun 2019, 7:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Train Portsmouth (ex Ferry) To London With Bike
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: Train Portsmouth (ex Ferry) To London With Bike

Thanks for replies. Waterloo is OK, I just prefer Victoria because I can drop onto the District line if dark or weather bad, or pedal along the Embankment if not. I will be heading to Fenchurch St for C2C. From the description, I presume the SW Trains are like the C2C ones and have a bike space ever...